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Best Hawaii Kid-Friendly Restaurants

For restaurants' pint-size patrons, chicken fingers dipped in marinara can't taste any better than when there's butcher paper lining the table and a glass of crayons to color with. When the dough and toppings are put directly in your child's hands, pizza becomes an interactive sport. Okay, not all restaurants have to offer entertainment in this form or the extreme---television, clowns and video games---to keep the youngsters happy. A warm waitstaff, a kitchen open to the flexible whims of a child's palate and a room of diners tolerable of tantrums all add up to a winning formula for feeding your children outside of the home. Take a look at our kid-friendly restaurants in Hawaii that can please both big and little diners.


 

Honolulu/Oahu
Maui
Big Island
Kauai
Lanai

HONOLULU/OAHU

Big City Diner American
Quick Bite
3569 Waialae Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96816
Menu
A local dining favorite with familiar flavors, hearty portions and friendly service. More...

Big City Diner American
Quick Bite
Foodland Marketplace
108 Hekili St.
Kailua, HI 96734
Menu
A local dining favorite with familiar flavors, hearty portions and friendly service. More...

Shokudo Japanese Restaurant & Bar Japanese
12/20
Dining Room at Shokudo Japanese Restaurant & Bar, Honolulu, HI Ala Moana Pacific Center
1585 Kapiolani Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96814
Menu
Modern Honolulu eatery for all ages depending on the time of day. More...

Tanaka of Tokyo Central Japanese
14/20
Waikiki Shopping Plaza
2250 Kalakaua Ave., 3rd Fl.
Honolulu, HI 96815
Menu
This teppanyaki spot relies on quality ingredients and entertaining chefs. More...

Tango Contemporary Cafe Eclectic
13/20
Dining Room at Tango Contemporary Cafe, Honolulu, HI Hokua
1288 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96814

Chef-owner Goran Streng offers what he describes as "Scandin-Asian" cuisine at this café. More...

MAUI

Casanova Italian Restaurant & Deli Italian
12/20
1188 Makawao Ave.
Makawao, HI 96768
Menu
A cozy, romantic Italian restaurant with voluptuous pizzas cooked in a wood-burning oven, as well as traditional homemade pastas and entrées. More...

Ruby's Diner Diner
12/20
Queen Kaahumanu Center
275 Kaahumanu Ave.
Kahului, HI 96732
Menu
A good-value, 1940’s-style diner chain. More...

Saeng's Thai Cuisine Thai
11/20
2119 W. Vineyard St.
Wailuku, HI 96793

Fresh, flavorful Thai cuisine served in a peaceful garden setting. More...

BIG ISLAND

Cafe Pesto Italian
13/20
Dining Room at Cafe Pesto, Kawaihae, HI Kawaihae Shopping Center
Kawaihae Harbor Hwy. 270
Kawaihae, HI 96743

Close to a canoe paddlers' pier, this Italian eatery remains a favorite, reasonably priced alternative for the Kona-Kohala Coast hotel restaurants. More...

Cafe Pesto Italian
13/20
S. Hata Building
308 Kamehameha Ave.
Hilo, HI 96720
Menu
This well-established Italian eatery has adopted distinct Asian flavors and fresh island ingredients. More...

The Coffee Shack Deli
Quick Bite
83-5799 Mamalahoa Hwy., P.O. Box 510
Captain Cook, HI 96704
Menu
With its sprawling views, this terrace deli is a favorite stop, and all menu items are homemade. More...

50's Highway Fountain Diner Diner
13/20
35-2704 Mamalahoa Hwy.
Laupahoehoe, HI 96764

Come for the atmosphere and stay for the food at this back-to-the-'50s eatery on the Hamakua Coast. More...

KAUAI

Brick Oven Pizza Pizza
Quick Bite
4-4361 Kuhio Hwy.
Kapaa, HI 96746
Menu
Tasty pizza and more in a relaxed setting. More...

Bubba Burgers Burgers
Quick Bite
4-1421 Kuhio Hwy.
Kapaa, HI 96746
Menu
This is the place for burgers with an attitude. More...

Kalaheo Coffee Co. & Cafe Café
10/20
2-2560 Kaumualii Hwy.
Kalaheo, HI 96741
Menu
An appealing choice for its hearty portions, quality ingredients and friendly service. More...

LANAI

Blue Ginger Cafe American
Quick Bite
409 Seventh St.
Lanai City, HI 96763

Blue Ginger's food is straightforward, no-frills cooking More...

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